Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education: The Mendell offers two pre-kindergarten (K1) and kindergarten (K2) classrooms taught by licensed and highly trained early childhood teachers. Currently the Mendell is NAEYC accredited. The early childhood program provides regular opportunities to extend beyond the classroom and core curriculum to connect concepts to real world experiences in the community.
English Language Arts: The Mendell is implementing balanced literacy using the core practices from the Literacy Collaborative Model in grades K1 through second, supplemented with Fundations for phonics instruction. Primary literacy instruction builds phonemic awareness and phonics skills, reinforces content based vocabulary, oral reading fluency and comprehension in engaging ways. In grades three through five, the Mendell uses Expeditionary Learning, a standards-aligned, cross-curricular program as the core literacy curriculum. Students in the upper grades have daily opportunities to speak, read and write across content areas and text types, citing evidence to defend and support their reasoning. They regularly engage in cooperative learning tasks with their peers and use technology to show their thinking.
Mathematics: The Mendell utilizes TERC Investigations (Version 3) curriculum to support math concept development and application. The curriculum supports students in acquiring mathematical knowledge, skill and confidence to become active mathematics learners who can reason about and represent mathematical ideas and relationships.
Science: At the Mendell, science is taught by a full-time science specialist and all general education teachers using the FOSS kits and curriculum. Students have regular opportunities to engage in hands-on scientific experiments. This year, students and families have the opportunity to observe, explore and learn in our newly developed Outdoor Classsroom (see photo above).
Enrichment: The Mendell offers a strong arts program including visual arts for all students and music education for early childhood students in K1-1st grade through a partnership with the Community Music Center. We also partner with a community organization, Classroom Cantata's to provide our students with the opportunity to develop and perform their own cantata. Students in grades K-5 also receive Physical Education weekly, taught by a licensed PE teacher. Additionally, they engage in "classroom game time" (cooperative games) and structured recess activities through our partnership with Playworks.